The Advantages of Part Time Staff

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The advantages of part time staff

Many businesses owners only employ part time staff for “simple” roles and thus miss out on a huge potential resource. You should consider the many benefits of employing part time staff for your business.

People who work part time require almost the same things as full time people but just don’t work as many hours. Mainly, but not always they are people with children who they wish to be able to drop off and then pick up after school. As such I have found that starting people at 9.30 and finishing at 2.30 for 3, 4 or 5 days a week means these are great times for suitable potential employees which provides a huge pool of potential high quality job seekers.

High quality of people.

Many part time staff jobs are essentially very simple and straightforward. As such many people do not want to do them as they do not provide any great level of personal satisfaction. When we advertise for staff I explain that the job involved is difficult and is mainly done by full time employees in most other firms. I explicitly state in our job advert that we are looking for someone who wants a more fulfilling job role.

This means we attract high quality people who have held down high level jobs before they had children and are looking for roles that will fulfil their need to grow as people and use their brains and capabilities in their part time jobs. On one occasion we employed a new person who stayed with us for many years but who was earning over £100,000 in her previous as a financial analyst in the city of London. She started with us on £9,500 a year for 20 hours and was an excellent person on our team. She did not want a job for the money but mainly for something interesting to do for around 20 -25 hours a week – she had dogs and a high earning husband but no children and so a part time role really suited her.

Lower costs of employment.

This does not mean you under pay your part time staff but simply pay a competitive rate against other part time roles in other firms. Due to the lack of interesting part time roles many people will work for lower salaries than they would dream of doing in a full time role. Engaging two part time people for 4 days at 5 hours per day is 20 hours a week each and so a total of 40 hours per week.

Somebody working 9am- 5pm with an hour for lunch is only 35 hours per week – and usually at a higher overall wage and cost.

You almost always potentially get more hours worked for a lower overall cost.

In addition two part time people earning £20,000 between them will cost the company significantly less in National insurance contributions than one full time person earning £20,000. The new Auto enrolment contribution required may also mean that a part timer may not qualify ( depending on salary) but a full timer would certainly do so. Another cash saving.

Lastly of course each part timer can start work as your firm slowly grows. Thus the firm grows without such a big need to find the money to pay a big commencing salary to compete in the full time employee market.

Higher workload achieved.

Two people doing the exactly the same job role for 4 days a week are likely to be more concentrated during that time than a full timer as they only work 5 hours a day. As such the actual workload output they produce is likely to be higher. It will of course require a higher level of training but I have found you can get one person to train the other.

Greater flexibility

Two part time staff working 4 days a week can work an extra day or hours during holiday times and also if you get times in the year when workload increases. It also means when one of the two is away on holiday or ill the main important tasks continue to get done and the phones get answered.

I also enjoy greater flexibility as the office is largely empty in the afternoons allowing me do get on with my own work without distraction or better still not work at all.

Safety of knowledge

I am a big believer in systems and knowledge capture. Once you train someone properly using systems with built in checklists they can train other people. If a person leaves your firm – in many firms it is a huge problem as all the knowledge is lost. However, using knowledge capture systems and with two part time people instead of one full timer doing a role – one person leaving is not a huge setback as the other person continues to get the main tasks done and can train a new employee.

Always look at the work each of your team does and question what would happen to the work in your company if they left with minimal notice?

Summary

When considering growing your firm think about the advantages of splitting a job roles across two part time staff instead of one full timer. It works for me and it could work well for you too.

Enjoy the journey

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